Displair is a 30-inch screen, imagined in 2010 by a Russian studentThis is the work of Maxime Kamanine, who has the particularity of projecting images from air and water particles. It also includes a device "multi-touch"This allows the user to control the image with simple gestures: manipulate the images at will, and move them in the air, thanks to a system of sensors.
But most importantly, it is possible to feel the objects projected thanks to the presence of capsules that diffuse the smell into the air.
According to Nouvelles technologies.com magazine, this ability has already attracted L'Oréal, which could use it to promote one of its upcoming fragrances. Indeed, it's easy to imagine the use of this technology in the sensory marketing that is starting to develop.
How does it work?
The screen is 60 x 45cm (30 inch diagonal), with a response time of less than 0.2 seconds and an airflow of 4 millimetres thick. The device consumes one litre of water per hour (but with an autonomy of 8 hours), which we will have to try to regulate, in a society that is increasingly focused on ecology.
In more detail, the basis of the image is a stable, cold and thin air flow with tiny water particles protected from the wind, produced by cavitation. The vapour particles are so fine that due to their size and high surface tension they remain stable even in contact with physical objects, do not leave traces of moisture, do not freeze down to -50°C and can withstand up to +50°C. The characteristics of the water particles and the aerodynamic functions of this device contribute to the integrity and stability of the image through the penetration of external objects (which allows this special interaction). It is an infrared camera that captures the user's gestures and retranscribes them as an action to the connected PC or smartphone. The only drawback is that there is no sunlight in the product's environment, as the screen works by retro-projection.
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In line with the transparent screens of "Minority Report", this screen is not an isolated innovation: cFive young Japanese researchers have already developed a creation of this type, called AquaTop, which allows the surface of thewater by turning it into a touch screen. This new technology has the merit of renewing the touch screen, which is now part of everyday life.
"There are already other projection systems that use an air flow with water particles as a screen, but none of them offer their users such interactivity. says Karina Lawrence, Managing Director of InspiRational, which already distributes the product in the United States and hopes for around 3,000 sales by the end of 2013.
Displair was therefore developed by a small Russian company of the same name, which has set up its headquarters in San Francisco and is due to set up in France before the end of this year. The founder and inventor is one step ahead of his competitors with three fundamental differences: first of all, his device weighs "only" about ten kilos compared to 80 to 200 kilos for his competitors. He is the only one to use multi-touch, the others can only use single touch. And finally, Displair is aimed at a mass market, unlike other companies which initially target BtoB.
Thousands of applications can be imagined for this system. Some of them are explained on the Displair site, such as in the case of medical operations without taking the risk of contaminating something.
Many improvements are underway, but she improved version is expected to be marketed in France by the end of the year for the modest sum of About 30,000 euros!